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WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group

(Including the UNON Sustainable Procurement Policy)


Assessment and Recommendations

Step-by-Step (SBS) November 2004

WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group


Executive summary......................................................................................................................... 3 1. Introduction/ Mandate................................................................................................................. 4 2. Current waste generation practices on the UN compound.......................................................... 5 2.1. Offices .................................................................................................................................. 5 2.2. Commercial activities ........................................................................................................... 7 2.3. Maintenance of buildings and machinery............................................................................. 8 2.4. Sewage.................................................................................................................................. 9 2.5. Toilets ................................................................................................................................... 9 2.6. Summary of key facts on waste generation ........................................................................ 10 3. Waste transit facilities............................................................................................................... 11 4. Recycling and disposal of waste ............................................................................................... 11 4.1. Waste (excluding paper and cardboard) ............................................................................. 11 4.2. Recycling and disposal of cardboard and paper ................................................................. 12 4.3. Facilities for UN personnel household waste ..................................................................... 14 5. Conclusions and recommendations........................................................................................... 15 5.1. Core areas of waste management ....................................................................................... 15 5.2. Specific practical recommendations................................................................................... 16 5.2.1. Waste management at its source .................................................................................. 16 5.2.2. Waste management at the transit facilities................................................................... 17 5.2.3. Recycling and elimination of waste ............................................................................. 19 5.2.4. Implementation mechanisms........................................................................................ 19 Annex 1 - Composition of office waste on the UN compound..................................................... 21 Annex 2 – Quantities of waste directed to the dumpsite .............................................................. 24 Annex 3 - UNON - SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT POLICY ............................................. 25 Annex 4 – Waste paper public awareness handout....................................................................... 33 Annex 5 - Waste management contact list.................................................................................... 34


WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group

Executive summary
In line with UNEP Governing Council decision 18/10 on good environmental housekeeping within UNEP, and following Executive Director approval (memo of 24 July 2003 on “greening the United Nations compound”), Step-by-Step undertook an assessment of activities on the UN compound with a focus on waste, energy, water and transport. This report on waste has been carried out in close cooperation with UNON, especially the Procurement, Travel and Shipping Section and the Facilities, Management and Transport Section. After describing the waste-generating sources, streams, transit and recycling/ disposal practices; the report provides conclusions and three core recommendations to bring about significant improvements to current practices, namely (a) the implementation of a comprehensive waste management system; (b) the reduction of waste production; and (c) the integration of local social and environmental considerations into UN activities. The report further provides very practical recommendations for reducing waste generation and improving waste management on the UN compound (pages 15-18), and requests UNEP Executive Director approval on the means of implementation, which entail: • Establishing a new professional post (P3) at UNON Headquarters. The P3 will implement a comprehensive Environment Management System (EMS) on the UN Gigiri compound; implement concrete activities to improve current waste management practices; and coordinate activities with UNON, UNEP and Kenyan authorities, industry and local communities (through initiatives such as recycling projects). The P3 would also subsequently be responsible for coordinating similar improvements on water, energy and transportation practices. • Allocating an initial US$50,000 budget (detailed breakdown provided on page 19) to the P3 to undertake the most urgent activities, identified as: distribution of separated baskets to all UN compound staff; improvement of the waste stream; and, institution of an awareness raising campaign targeting UN staff members, with a training component for the cleaning personal. • Calling for UNON to assist the P3 with EMS implementation and promote the management system to all staff members in full line with UNEP GC decision 18/10 on good environmental housekeeping within UNEP. In addition, included as Annex 3, this report provides for Executive Director approval and implementation by UNON of a “UNON Sustainable Procurement Policy” that has been developed in close collaboration with the UNON Procurement, Travel and Shipping Section.


SBS is composed of Nairobi-based professionals from a variety of UN agencies. etc.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 1. in 2001 the Board of Auditors to the United Nations General Assembly suggested that UNEP take the initiative in bringing to the attention of the UN system Chief Executives Board (CEB) the possibility of developing a framework to implement this environmental policy in the UN system. Subsequently. The present report on waste management is the first element of SBS’s overall assessment of UN compound activities that also focus on energy. and advise and encourage the rest of the UNEP system to develop and apply similar strategies for continually improving their own environmental performances and promoting sustainable development. (b) recycling. water. as endorsed by the ED (memo from B. and its objective is to improve the corporate environmental performance of the compound. considering environmental aspects in procurement. Introduction/ Mandate UNEP GC18/10 inter alia calls on UNEP to “recommend strategies for the promotion of the best practices in environmental housekeeping for use by UNEP.) and to share it with other agencies in the UN system. (c) conserving energy. Kante to K. This recommendation requests UNEP to develop a policy framework for managing its own operations in an environmentally friendly manner (recycling. Toepfer of 24 July 2003 on “greening the United Nations compound”). It is in this spirit that the “Step-By-Step” (SBS) group was established in 2002 to “green” the United Nations (UN) compound in Gigiri. water and transport. with the aim of (a) reducing waste. The UNEP Executive Director backed this initiative (Log 860/03) in April 2003 and the Step-by-Step group began undertaking in-depth assessments of the environmental impact of the UN compound. 4 . paper and other natural resources”. reducing energy consumption.

Through this process UNON supplies staff members with equipment (chairs. glass. This laudable effort constitutes.580 754 29. plastic. metal. Through the UN bulletin board the Procurement. Offices Office supply UNON’s Contracts and Procurement Section receive purchase orders from the administrative offices of the different UN agencies on the compound. pens.819 5. less than 1% of all paper consumed on the UN compound. The A4 office paper is supplied in white only. Travel and Shipping Section is the only unit to supply itself with. Travel and Shipping Section. Travel and Shipping Section suggested the incentive of a subsidy (removing the UNON service charge). organic material. who supply the various UN agencies (including UN-HABITAT and UNEP). proposed expanding the use of off-white paper. as it is heavily consumed and generates the biggest portion of all office waste. wood. However. etc. as they import their pulp from Northern Europe.780 10.000 per year. 2.821 Total 73 656 74 397 Total 14 762 000 14 910 500 Approximately 37 sheets of A4 paper are used daily by each staff member (based on 246 working days a year and 1650 staff for the compound).995 560 29. which are further described below. computers.1. cardboard. As a result. the Procurement. office equipment and machinery.) and stationery (A4 paper. the total cost to supply office paper for the UN compound is about US$60. as Kenya does not produce white A4 paper suitable for printing. Egypt is the nearest alternative source of paper.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 2. Egypt is not necessary the best viable alternative. In 2002 and 2003. but received no expressions of interest. however. The UNON Procurement. A4 paper is of particular interest.524 12.701 UNHabitat 4. Current waste generation practices on the UN compound The main sources of waste.). recycled off-white paper. and use. As each ream costs approximately US$2. are: a) Offices b) Commercial activities: -Cafeterias -Print Shop -Commissary -Garden and landscaping -Clinic c) Maintenance of buildings and machinery d) Sewage e) Toiletries (sanitary waste) The waste categories generated from these sources consist primarily of paper. without 5 . UNON issued office paper to the various agencies on the UN compound as follows: Reams Kg Sheets UNON 2002 2003 9. etc. The paper currently used is sourced from Brazilian or South African tree plantations.786 UNEP Other Total Agencies 14.

Travel and Shipping Section has for some years now been the sole UN compound consumer of off-white recycled paper. They carry all waste from the offices in plastic bags to 1m3 trolleys. because as mentioned above.7 tonnes of A4 waste paper produced respectively in 2002 and 2003. This is consistent with the fact that A4 recycled paper is virtually non-existent on the UN compound. the UNON Procurement. In addition. contrary to popular belief. Accordingly. Travel and Shipping Section is the only unit consuming recycled off-white paper. Office consumption In 2002 and 2003. where the bags are emptied. plastics and used office supplies. or directly to the waste transit facilities. Until April 2004. a new company – Parapet Cleaning Service – provides the same service. The personnel are divided into teams for specific areas. the waste A4 office paper not sorted at source for recycling. and thus becomes contaminated and un-recyclable in the process. Compared to the supply of A4 office paper from UNON. and some UN agencies are purchasing A4 paper separately. The company had 105 employees on the compound. However. However. due to the fact that some printed A4 paper may be brought onto the UN compound by individuals. and very seldom to the efforts of individual staff members (see detailed assessment in Annex 1). including their administrative staff. 6 . cardboard. the Procurement. consisting of approximately 47% A4 paper (see detailed assessment in Annex 1). 164 tonnes and 127 tonnes of respective waste paper were produced. but with a reduced personnel of about 80 employees.6 tonnes and 53. does not. A slight overestimation in the production of waste paper may have occurred. two-thirds of the A4 office paper that is used on the UN compound ends up in the dustbin. Since May 2004. This response from UN agencies is unfortunate in that off-white recycled paper is of the same quality as bleached white paper. is that only 15% is printed double-sided versus 85% single-sided. Almost all the A4 office paper found in the dustbins is white paper. but is mixed in the dustbins with the others types office rubbish. such as organic waste. jam printers and is slightly cheaper than white paper. by conservative estimate. Only about 1% is recycled off-white paper. Another observation of interest on the used A4 paper found in dustbins on the UN compound. Professional Clean Care was the company responsible for maintaining office cleanliness. this data shows that office consumption (or the proportion of A4 paper ending in the dustbin) was about 100% in 2002 and 76% in 2003. The poor figures for A4 doublesided paper correspond with printing by photocopying machines on a large scale. This translates to 76. this lack of positive response to UNON’s efforts reveals well the limits of a voluntary approach. and is not stored or filed for future reference.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group success.

Adequacy of equipment issues still exist. The remainder – approximately 15 plastic bags – is collected to feed pigs outside the compound. Commercial activities Cafeteria The Intercontinental hotel chain operates the new cafeteria and the coffee lounge for the benefit of personnel on the UN compound.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group The new cleaning contractor has made operational improvements and there is now one functioning trolley per block on the UN compound. 2. but some UN compound agencies complained about the color (no complaints printer and copier jamming were received). although it is bleached with peroxide. Rudy Van Dijck. disposal facilities. which are then ordered by UNON’s Contracts and Procurement Section. In addition. Intercontinental staff are allowed to make use of any leftover food. Print Shop The A4 paper for the Print Shop comes from South Africa or Brazil. All paper provided by the Print Shop is chlorine-free. both are 7 . the few leftovers are also collected as feed for pigs and dogs. the trolleys are brought to one of two existing waste transfer facilities: behind the old cafeteria or in the Trolley used by personnel to carry the waste to the waste basement of block W. These two actions are part of a wider commitment on the part of the Chief of the Print Section and the officer responsible for UNON conference services. The Print Shop has also undertaken very useful research into other aspects of print-grade paper that can be made available. In the old cafeteria (“Crackerjack”). This amount is much higher during preparations for conferences and large meetings held on the UN compound. This practice has been occurring for the past seven years. Henry Hunt. The Print Shop still has large quantities of recycled paper in storage.2. which places a strain on the body. indicated that recycled paper might be up to 25% cheaper than normal white paper. The Print Shop is primarily concerned with providing quality paper to print on – paper that is not transparent – but is committed to using “green” paper if available and accepted by their clients. if procured in large quantities. Mr. Once filled with rubbish. the Print Shop also requests environmental disclosure when ordering their paper. The Print Shop selects the types of paper to be used. however. The Print Shop generates an average of 1m3 wastepaper daily (about 300 kg). as cleaning personnel currently hand-carry the bags of waste. The Print Shop paper waste is taken to the waste disposal facility behind the old cafeteria. In the new cafeteria (across from the Bunson Travel Agency). The Print Shop distributed 100% gray recycled paper for a time. The Chief of the Print Section. Used chemicals from Print Shop operations are stored on the UN compound pending identification of a proper disposal method. run by another private contractor.

BINS claims that the incinerator burns the waste at 2000 degrees through the fuel-less selfcombustion of waste. the commissary does not have a recycling system for any of the products they sell. For example. The company BINS collects all clinical waste once or twice per month. The company in charge of gardening and landscaping on the UN compound is Diani Flowers. a duty of KSh 2000 is normally charged for each computer donated.3. Through the course of interviews undertaken as part of this assessment. The incineration of medical waste potentially results in the emission of carcinogenic gases. In October 2004. Commissary operations lead to the indirect generation of large amount of plastic waste through the provision of free plastic bags to customers. the head of Diani Flowers has expressed an interest in receiving organic waste from the cafeterias.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group committed to greening the Print Shop activities through the implementation of a thorough Environment Management System. etc. through the use of filters). based on ISO 1400 guidelines.e.) are collected in small plastic containers. Composting heaps are located near the sports area and at block J. bottles and cans. At the present time. UNON managed to donate most of its obsolete office material. including batteries. to as number of different schools identified by the 8 . 2. and the resultant material is used to improve the soil quality within the UN compound and the plant nursery. Maintenance of buildings and machinery Until 2002. From there these plastic likely find their way to the Dandora dumpsite. including many computers. the Procurement. but experienced problems because the organic waste was not properly sorted at source. However. This form of plastic waste is not taken into account in this assessment as customers transport them to their private household. used office material (computers. Normally the garden and landscaping activities produce 1-1. Clinical waste is collected in special plastic bags while sharp clinical objects (syringes. the gardening section had received organic waste from the cafeterias from time to time. BINS then incinerates the clinical waste at its industrial area facilities in a small-scale incinerator whose emissions are not properly monitored. Clinic The cleaning personnel from Parapet Cleaning Services collect office rubbish from the clinic. This homemade incinerator has no equipment for controlling temperature and reducing the discharge of gases or particles to the air (i. desks.5 m3 (about 400 kilos) of green waste every day. the Kenyan Customs authority requires an assessment of market value in order to calculate the amount of duty the beneficiary should pay. such as dioxins and furans. depending on the quantity generated. In the past.) was auctioned off to the highest bidder. Some difficulties have been encountered. as well as the households of UN personnel. through the Ministry of Education. etc. as for every item donated. Approximately 1m3 of compost is reused every day. Garden and landscaping Organic waste from garden and landscaping activities is composted. In addition. Commissary Every day the Commissary staff bring two trolleys of waste (about 600-800 kg) to the waste transfer facility behind the old cafeteria. Travel and Shipping Section of UNON have recently been looking at ways to donate such material to schools and charity organizations through the Kenyan Ministry of Education. This waste is primarily composed of cardboard and plastic.

Some of this waste is currently stored behind the old cafeteria. They have 136 rubbish containers on the compound. it is unclear as to how this wood refuse is reused. It has not yet been possible to evaluate the exact number of kilos produced on a monthly basis. Travel and Shipping Section has not yet made any arrangements with the printer companies to address this issue. while awaiting confirmation from the Ministry of Education. which are emptied twice per month. Used ink cartridges from UNON. transport and sanitization treatment remain unknown. Kaveke) has tried – without success – to find an adequate disposal method. obsolete office equipment was stored at various locations on the UN compound. However.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Association Secondary School Heads of Kenya. The printer company Lexmark has been working on this issue for about four years. The person responsible (W. The waste is taken to the BINS facilities in the industrial area where it is incinerated (using the same incinerator that burns medical waste from the clinic). In addition. the details. including quantities. UNEP and UN-Habitat are stored on the compound. waste wood material is normally reused. Neither does printer manufacturer Hewlett Packard have plans to take action. there is no facility for the recycling or reuse of ink cartridges in Kenya. Moreover. 2. However. According to UNON. the Procurement. The remaining computers were given to Computers for Schools of Kenya. The Building Ground Management Unit is responsible for the management of certain types of waste such as building material. pending reuse on the compound or removal by BINS (most likely to the Dandora dumpsite). three containers near the gym are used as storage space for stationary with slow turnover. 2. at this stage of the assessment. such as old transformers containing PCBs and old fluorescent lamps containing heavy metals. Sewage The solid waste from sewage is transported away and used as fertilizer. but has yet to identify possible solutions.4. At present. Toilets Staff members from the company Rentokil collect sanitary waste from the washrooms. Of particular concern is environmentally hazardous waste.5. Until September 2004. 9 .

6. thus contaminating the paper and rendering it un-recyclable. Daily figures of paper products consumed per day on the compound: * 800kg of paper * 22 sheets of A4 paper per staff member At least two-thirds of the A4 paper ends up in the dustbin and is not stored or filed for future reference. The print shop generates around 1 m3 of wastepaper daily (about 300 kg). 1. The commissary generates around 2 m3 of waste daily (including 50 kg of cardboard). It is composted and used as fertilization for plants on the UN compound.5m3 of “green” organic waste from garden and landscaping activities is generated daily. Summary of Key key waste facts management on waste generation facts on the UN compound Between 200 and 250 tons of waste (excluding paper and cardboard) is generated each year and transported from the UN compound to the unmanaged Dandora dumpsite. 10 . Waste A4 office paper is mixed in the dustbin with other types of office rubbish.0 to 1.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 2. About 75 tons of non-recycled A4 paper per year is procured by UNON (imported from Brazil). All non-contaminated waste paper produced on the compound is recycled into toilet paper by the companies Chandaria or Pegan Approximately 15 bags of organic waste are generated in the new cafeteria daily. such as organic waste.

The skips are manually loaded and taken and dumped at the illegal Dandora dumpsite. and placing all other types of waste into the skips (approx.5m3) and the approximate density of the waste (0. which amounts to approximately two skips per week.25 ton/m3). which. BINS came 37 times to collect 105 skips. BINS get paid for the number of times they come to the compound to collect skips. while in 2003 they came 47 times to collect 135 skips. In addition. and sorted when the employee arrives. Normally. Waste (excluding paper and cardboard) The private company BINS collects the waste (excluding paper and cardboard). 11 . by placing cardboard on one side and paper on the other.Waste transit facility behind the old cafeteria: All office paper waste is placed in trolleys when the sorter is absent. 4. . the cage where most of the wastepaper is kept poses a safety risk when maneuvering in and out of it. The sorting is done by throwing paper and cardboard into a cage. Safety and health are of major concern at the transit facility behind the old cafeteria.1. An employee of the company Multiple Wastepaper Collectors manually separates paper and cardboard from the rest of the waste that is deposited at the two facilities. The waste is handled as follows: . The waste transit facility behind the old cafeteria. 7. this represents between 150 and 200 tons of waste produced per year on the UN compound (details in Annex 2).WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 3.Waste facility at block W: Everything that is not paper or cardboard is sorted once a day into a trolley and taken to the main waste transit facility and put in skips. much of the separated waste is lies piled on the ground. as the sole employee works without proper equipment (gloves. attract animals. however. The waste transit facility at block W. etc. both skips are not full. Knowing the volume of the skip (7. Paper and cardboard is sorted inside the cage. the print shop and the commissary (see above for details on waste orgin).) and below minimum UNON standards for contractors. At the waste transit facility behind the old cafeteria. Waste transit facilities Waste taken to the two waste transit facilities originates primarily from three sources: staff offices. Recycling and disposal of waste 4. among other things.5 m3 container) or on the ground (and later transferred to skips). In 2002.

It is important to mention here that in city of Nairobi plans. means that there is a considerable risk that leachate will contaminate the surrounding surface and groundwater (including Nairobi River). as it is the only dumpsite authorized – although illegal –by the Nairobi municipality. approximately 1600 tons of waste is dumped each day at the Dandora dumpsite.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group At the Dandora dumpsite. The Dandora dumpsite: plastic bags and organics are the only items not recycled by the dumpsite “residents” Two types of waste are not separated: organics (generally food leftovers) and plastic bags. Dandora has been zoned as a middleclass neighborhood. particularly those from UN compound. there is no equipment to manage the dumpsite. as they contain waste that can be reused and recycled for profit – glass. MWC use two trucks to collect paper waste. metal and other items. Moreover. which lacking landfill. Dandora has no system to prevent toxic and other hazardous wastes from being brought to the site. MWC generates income by selling the paper waste to paper recycling companies (Pegant and Chandaria). one can transport 3.2. the “residents” people wait for the arrival of garbage trucks. UNON does not pay for this service. Recycling and disposal of cardboard and paper Multiple Wastepaper Collectors (MWC) collects paper waste from the UN compound twice weekly.5 tons and the other can haul 3 tons. The truck drivers decide the tipping method and site. It appears that most used plastic bags in Nairobi end up in Dandora. with additional visits as required. MWC truck collecting waste paper from UN compound 12 . systematic operations at Dandora are nonexistent. In total. 4. plastic.

The pulp is then colored or bleached with peroxide. the toilet paper provided by MWC is not sufficient to meet the needs of the UN compound. Chandaria has the capacity to recycle 50 tons of wastepaper per day. considering that the paper is originally from Brazil or South Africa) 13 . while Pegant is able to process of 2527 tons per day. in which chemical agents (silicate and hydrogen peroxide) are used. while some non-confidential paper is normally sorted into different categories. The paper is then taken and sold to Pegant or Chandaria for a price that varies according to the paper quality. and manufactured into either toilet paper or different kinds of tissue. The recycling plant at Pegant: pulping and manufacturing rolls Chandaria and Pegant are two major recycling companies in Nairobi. Most of the UN waste paper that is taken to either of the two companies is sent directly to pulping. Pegant recycled toilet paper “Think: made in Kenya from 100% Kenyan raw material’ (nb: inaccurate. driver and the UN compound full-time sorter costs) with some leftover as profit. However. there is hardly any variation in the paper coming from the UN compound. so UNON procures additional white toilet paper from Chandaria or Pegant. With the money received from this sale. and the paper is always sold for 3 or 4 Ksh/kg. The remaining money covers MWC expenditures (truck maintenance and fuel.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group The trucks are loaded with paper waste by hand. MWC then buys recycled toilet paper back from Chandaria and delivers this to UNON for use on the compound. As UNON policy permits the use of white toilet paper only. The pulp is sent through a de-inking process. They have several factories and can process all types of paper and cardboard. But. MWC purchases white toilet paper for UNON.

the new commissary and the UN recreation center outside of the main UN compound security perimeter provides a unique opportunity to relaunch and encourage staff use of the household waste collection facilities. 4. the profits and utilization of which benefited many slum dwellers. The facilities have since been removed from the front gate due to security concerns and are now located behind the tennis courts. 6 Ksh for waste paper that does not contain ink. 17. especially from Egypt and South Africa. Despite frequent use of. established by UN-HABITAT. Pegant and Chandaria explained that they are facing competition from imported toilet paper.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group The price of the different categories of wastepaper and cardboard ranges from 3 to 12 Ksh/kg. textiles (cloth) and organics. Pegant pays to any supplier (including MWC) 10-12 Ksh for white paper. glass. 3-5 Ksh for cardboard.2004 In addition. there had been sorting facilities at the main gate on the UN compound for staffgenerated household waste. The costs of repurchasing toilet paper from the two companies is indicated below: Pegant Chandaria Colored toilet paper 430 Ksh 440 Ksh White (bleached) toilet paper 488 Ksh 501 Ksh Prices for 40 rolls. where they remain unused. This imported paper is often not recycled but made from European pulp.2. these waste recycling facilities by UN staff members. and 3 Ksh for assorted waste (containing ink). Facilities for UN personnel household waste Previously.3. The Mukuru Recycling Project. there is currently no plan to reestablish the household waste collection facilities. The construction of the new petrol station. Facilities existed for five types of waste: paper. which would continue to benefit the Mukuru Recycling Project. and support for. metal. used to collect this waste. 14 .

As an example of an issue that an EMS would successfully address. has developed a set of further practical suggestions that will improve waste management on the UN compound in a comprehensive manner. waste management initiatives on the UN Gigiri compound have been made on a very ad hoc basis with ineffective results. are recommended. For example. currently much of the good quality waste paper. With these core recommendations in mind. is rendered un-recyclable when mixed with and contaminated by organic waste. In this context. 3.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 5. and maintain the separation during the waste transit and transport stages. which could otherwise be recycled. A number of these successful partnership projects with the local community should be implemented and maintained.g. A comprehensive Environment Management System (EMS) is essential. recycling and composting).g. as part of a comprehensive EMS. An EMS would be able to establish a mechanism to separate waste streams at source (the office). Core areas of waste management Nonetheless. the current waste management practices on the UN compound can and should be significantly improved. the lack of legal and well-managed landfill sites in the Nairobi area and the lack of recycling facilities for items such as ink cartridges and chemicals from the Print Shop leave little option for the proper disposal of some of the UN compound waste. are recycled. UNON. It is also important to recognize that there are certain constraints on waste management that are difficult for UN agencies to directly address. a sustainable procurement policy and staff awareness-raising activities. Implementation of a comprehensive waste management system: Conventionally. paper and cardboard. and some garden refuse is being composted). Reduction of waste production: Current initiatives seek primarily to optimize the use of waste material (e.1. UN-Habitat and the other UN agencies with offices in Nairobi are in an excellent position to contribute to the improvement of local social and environmental conditions. Initiatives such as provision of recyclable material to community groups that can in turn use the material for income generation are one type of activity that benefit both the UN and local people. Conclusions and recommendations It is admirable that a number of initiatives exist today to address waste management on the UN compound (e. Reduction and reutilization are key to improving the environmental performance of the UN compound. particularly in three core areas: 1. 5. if not contaminated. Step-by-Step. Integration of local social and environmental considerations into UN activities: UNEP. in close collaboration with UNON. 15 . There are at the present time only a minimum number of activities aimed at reducing (or reusing) the waste produced on the UN compound. Developing and implementing a targeted and systematic waste management system based on environmentally and socially sound principles is necessary in order to minimize the impacts of UN activities on the environment. 2.

using incentives where appropriate (such as forums to discuss recycling. Specific practical recommendations 5. etc) to transport sorted-at-source paper. 16 . o Promote awareness-raising among UN staff members. plastics and organics) of easy access to staff (strategic between the office and their car or at the new petrol station).2.002 3.2. metals. o Separate streams of office paper/cardboard from all other waste by providing separate bins in the office (see below) and by providing contractors with better equipment (such trolleys) to transport paper/cardboard and other waste separately to the transit facilities. o Monitor the different waste streams on the UN compound and maintain accurate statistics on waste. batteries. preferably from local sources) and from plantation wood. o Implement a policy that documents/reports printed externally are printed on paper that is at least 50% recycled.1. readily available. Office paper box* 1650 $0. This equipment should be conducive to their wellbeing and facilitate their work. o Train contractors (cleaning personnel) on new collection practices to sort different waste streams. prizes for innovative ideas. o Equip each office with recycling receptacles (e. • Commissary o Raise public awareness of the entire life cycle of plastic bags. including “UNON guidelines for suppliers” (Annex 3) that specifies the quality of goods and services expected.00 $0 *Option 3 would reuse the existing empty office paper boxes that the paper arrives in.358 2. Installation of new baskets in each office for waste separation Type of basket Number Cost by unit Total cost 1.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 5. tree-free paper (made from the African plant kenaf or hemp) is an option.62 $1.g. cardboard and other waste from staff offices to the waste transit facilities. etc). one box for paper and a basket for other types of waste – the estimate cost to install these baskets for each of the 1650 staff is given below). Waste management at its source • Compound-wide o Adopt a “sustainable UNON sustainable procurement policy”.85 $8. o Install containers for each recyclable or dangerous materials (glass. Steel Walnut 1650 $4. bags. cost-free and are themselves constructed of paper o Provide cleaning personal with adequate equipment (trolleys. o Promote the use of recycled paper (at least 50% recycled material. preferably more. o Ensure that all copying machines and printers have double-sided copying/printing capacity. alternatively. as they are perfect in size. Bamboo 1650 $0. • Staff offices o Raise public awareness on the benefits of reducing. recycling and reusing waste and how to achieve this (Annex 4).

o Ensure that publications are printed on 100% environmentally-friendly paper that is either recycled or made from alternative sources (e. 17 .g. o Cooperate with Kenyan industry and government representatives to seek methods to recycle. or preferably eliminate. broom and a dust mask. o Ensure that products sold by the commissary have low impact on the environment (request the commissary to follow the UNON guidelines for suppliers). • Build a better storage facility for waste behind the old cafeteria and at block W (Proposal is shown below). • Print Shop o Adopt an Environmental Management System (EMS) and obtain ISO 14001 certification – this could provide a comparative advantage for the Print Shop to the other local print shops. Wangari Mathai. especially the Assistant Minister. gloves. Maintenance of buildings and computers o Cooperate with Lexmark towards identifying a system whereby ink cartridges can be refilled and make this a requirement of the “UNON sustainable procurement policy”. the chemicals used by the Print Shop. • 5. o Resolve duty issues associated with donations of obsolete office furniture and equipment. such as the magazine “Our Planet”). Waste management at the transit facilities • Ensure the health and safety of the waste sorter by providing proper equipment such as dress. o Cooperate with the Ministry of Environment on this issue. tel 272-76-22) to undertake a campaign.2.com.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group o Phase out use of plastic bags through: (a) requiring clients to purchase plastic bags.2. o Actively involve the commissary in returning environmentally harmful products suppliers. and the non-governmental organization Green Belt Movement (gbm@wananchi. and allocating the money generated to waste management projects or (b) issuing a directive to prevent the use of plastic bags altogether.

WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Proposal for rebuilding of the deposit behind the old cafeteria Proposal for rebuilding of the deposit at block W Proposal for a sorting facility at the gate Description of the proposed waste transit facilities Behind the old cafeteria: There needs to be a functioning door on the upper side of the papercage for safety and health reasons. wood.5m) would be sufficient.5m available behind the old cafeteria that could be converted to house these containers. organics (with lid). 18 . metal. The separation of paper and cardboard could benefit from a dividing wall within the cage.5 x 1.5 x 1. There also needs to be separate containers for plastic. which would require volume of 3 x 1. glass and other.5m for each container (except for plastic.5m x 6. A volume of 1. The separate containers should be designed so that the staff working there and emptying waste bags can deposit waste without too much physical strain. At present there is an unoccupied area of 5.5 x 1.

The P3 would also subsequently be responsible for coordinating similar improvements on water. Re-establish the Mukuru project with household waste benefiting slum dwellers. Recycling and elimination of waste • Use recycled and not bleached toilet paper. • Call for UNON to assist the P3 with EMS implementation and promote the management system to all staff members in full line with UNEP GC decision 18/10 on good environmental housekeeping within UNEP. The volume of the containers should be enough to handle one week’s worth of waste from the UN compound. For the containers. industry and local communities (through initiatives such as recycling projects). sub-contractors.5m size of the containers is based on observations of the amount of waste produced.2. but could be replaced with an electric version. the Mukuru project). Implementation mechanisms • Establishment of a new professional post (P3) at UNON. It would be the same type of containers and lifting system as in the other facilities. • Provide continuous training in waste management to staff members and contractors.000 budget (detailed breakdown provided on page 19) to the P3 to undertake the most urgent activities. The P3 will implement a comprehensive Environment Management System (EMS) on the UN Gigiri compound. improvement of the waste stream. BINS and Multiple Wastepaper Collectors in order to find a solution to the issue of plastic.g. • • Cooperate more closely with Green Belt Movement.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group At block W: Step By Step recommends that the paper-cage be divided into two compartments.2.5 x 1. 5. etc. Step-By-Step suggests a simple solution such as something similar to the diagram for the deposit facility at block W: containers with a bottom that can be opened. The recommended 1. A small set of steps should be built outside the paper-cage for easy access. • Support recycling initiatives in Nairobi (e.4. which can be done in liaison with UNDP or an implementing partner such as the Intermediate Technology Development Group – East Africa. institution of an awareness raising campaign targeting UN staff members. as well as assign clear responsibility to all stakeholders (UNON. • Allocation of an initial US$50. 19 . energy and transportation practices. which is more environmentally-friendly and easily sourced in Kenya. and coordinate activities with UNON.5m).3. There should also be three containers (1. one each for plastic. with a training component for the cleaning personal. A simple block and tackle mechanism worked by hand is suggested here.5 x 1. 5. a larger one for paper and a smaller one for cardboard. metal and glass recycling. and. glass and others. This container design will ease the work of the sorter and personnel while taking it from the papercage/containers to the lorry for further transport.5 x 1. At the gate/outside the compound: The waste facility could be placed at the parking lot near the visitors’ pavilion. or outside the compound at the new petrol station. The containers should have a lid. UNEP and Kenyan authorities.) to take into account in waste management on the UN compound (see Annex 5). identified as: distribution of separated baskets to all UN compound staff. This would necessitate a crane or lifter of some sort.5 x 1. implement concrete activities to improve current waste management practices. It should be possible to install recycling facilities at the new petrol station. • Garner support from the top UN management. especially at UNEP and UNON • Allow staff members the opportunity to make comments and suggestions through a special UN bulletin board linked to the UNON Intranet.

62 + US$1354 Comments One new basket in every office and one in each hallway. plastic.04 personnel appropriate equipment for the transportation of waste Ensure all staff members use and print on doublesides office paper Use recycled paper for all documents printed in the Print Shop Improve the management Include environmental of waste from commercial considerations in all activities new contracts with contractors Construct better waste transit facilities at both Improve the management locations of the waste transit facilities Waste deposit facilities for different household waste streams (outside UN compound) Other Draft new toilet paper procurement policy to source the most environmentallyfriendly product available 01.12.04 raising material for staff Increase the use of 01.02.Build 12 containers for separating waste categories .04 01. Proposal of schedule of implementation for priority activities Objective Date to reach target Begin separating waste at 01. cardboard. which can be done at no cost if empty cardboard boxes used Install deposit facilities between each block for organic.12.Reduce waste production by 10% from 2001 level .Sorting of waste at source .04 +US$25.01.Of highest priority Use of non-bleached.12.04 +US$5.04 20 .12.5 % of their paper expenses Paper should be at least 50% recycled.To encourage staff to recycle household waste and address security concerns .01.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 6.12.000 -US$ 25 348 1650 persons save 42.Includes re-launch of previous Mukuru initiative .06 +US$3000 3000 flyers and a small number of posters UNON instigate staff awareness raising campaign 20 trolleys and transport equipment (backpacks) for the cleaning personnel Improve the management of office waste +US$10.01.Build a mechanism for lifting the containers onto a truck .06 recycled paper to 50% Provide the cleaning 01.12. metals and glass Produce awareness.04 source Target Costs (+) Savings (-) 16500 x 0.No use of harmful chemicals .000 01.000 01.05 01. or made from alternative sources . recycled toilet paper only Staff awareness raising activities required to ensure acceptance 01.12.

Dates and origin of waste studied 20 Jan 2004 Most of the waste was from UNEP. one and a half trolleys were sorted. We also found many UN-folders and these were also regarded as publications. There was quite a lot of cardboard this time (21%).WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Annex 1 . with the objective to reduce waste. Except for the fourth and fifth day. During the last five days. We also started separating publications from the other waste paper since it seemed like they constituted a considerable weight-fraction. torn apart. Methodology For approximately two hours during eight random days. and this accounts for some of the weight. The first four days we worked at the waste-deposit behind the old cafeteria. the Step-By-Step group has carried out a thorough investigation of this waste and especially from the waste from offices. three people sorted waste in different categories to see the distribution. 28 Jan 2004 Most of the waste came from UNEP and UNICEF. Some of the waste was wet because of rain. more specifically. On the fourth day. and by making the staff aware of the current situation. The waste was from UNEP (DEWA. or crumbled. World Food Programme. 21 . 06 Feb 2004 The waste was from UNEP. We found a lot of plastic (32%). Few publications. Offices (or. The different categories were: A. we sorted two trolleys (approx. and some from UNON and UNDP. cups and bags. as well as publications or other types of paper. Found that 53% was single-sided paper. The other paper consisted of A4 paper that was shredded. 21 Jan 2004 Most of the waste was from UNDP. The category of organic and other waste consisted mostly of fruit and flowers but also some glass and metal. This group constituted 37 %. and the following four days we sorted at the deposit at block W. This in turn can lead to staff support for development of environmental policies and practices on the UN compound. one can hope to sensitize them to improve their behavior. 27 Jan 2004 Most of it was from UNICEF. Cardboard C. 04 Feb 2004 The waste was mostly from UNEP. DPDL). staff working in the offices) generate a considerable source of waste. 2m3) of waste every day. Paper: single-sided. UN publications were sorted as a separate group. 05 Feb 2004 Much of the waste was a bit wet after rain. This might be due to changing of office equipment. This was done in order to get a good overall picture of the office waste from the entire compound.Composition of office waste on the UN compound Assessment from 20 January to 06 February 2004 Introduction In January – February 2004. UNESCO. we collected the normal A4 paper that was printed on one or two sides. Other. double-sided. publications. The plastic category was found to contain mostly bottles. including plastic and organic In the paper category. Note: It was possible to determine where was the waste from asking to the cleaning personnel and checking the addresses on the A4 papers. and the fifth day one trolley and a big bag were sorted. 22 Jan 2004 Most of the waste was from UNESCO. other (especially toilet paper) B.

8 15.5 21. others % Total kg 100 113.1 100 96.9 1.8 14.8 55.2 20.1 8.2 23.5 34.0 23.6 26.7 Total 267.3 21.0 50.1 5.4 17.4 53.2 Results The total amount of waste sorted was 817.6 kg.5 100 78.8 21. we measured in weight percent.4 All data in percentages.9 100 Total 817.4 5. organic.3 19.0 7. Sided 2.1 3.4 27.4 53.1 4.4 8.2 38.8 18.0 38.4 7.5 9.8 20. except the last line in kg 550.3 28. 2 and 3 below.6 43.6 52.5 44.8 22.1 19.2 10.4 6.1 14. and if we had measured in volume. would be more prominent.0 37.9 3.7 42.3 13.5 15.5 10.4 17.0 50.3 9. The table above indicates the specific amount for each day and each category.4 53.6 3.1 9. To clarify.0 48.7 6.7 4.5 100 100 100 124.7 3.7 16.1 29.9 6.1 16. Sided Other papers Others Publications Cardboard Plastic.5 100 185.2 14.2 3.0 1.6 48.0 22.5 7.7 42.4 8.2 23.6 21.8 107.8 21.4 29.2 37. other Plastic Organic.3 18.5 100 57.6 3.7 19.4 26.6 28.8 6.4 42.9 4.6 11.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Separation of waste in different categories on the waste disposal behind block-W Category Paper 1.5 7.2 4.6 7.0 1. 22 .4 100 53.7 3. plastic for example.0 2.9 15.0 41.8 40. The result is presented in Figures 1.4 5.6 31.2 13.7 45.3 18.8 100 Total Deposit 1 (behind Old Cafeteria) Day 1 Day Day 3 Mean Day 2 4 Deposit 2 (block W) Day Day Day 7 5 6 Day 8 Mean Total mean 16.3 2.

Chart showing the distribution of different categories of waste Figure 2. other 23 . Chart showing the distribution of different categories of paper Figure 3. Chart showing the distribution of plastic.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Figure 1. organic.

5 787.25 254 1 3 1 Total kips Volume of each skip (7.25 197 29% 24 .25 0.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Annex 2 – Quantities of waste directed to the dumpsite Waste produced on the UN compound directed to the dumpsite (Dandora) Collected by BINS for 2002 Date Receipt No Normal Skips 21/01/2002 31/01/2002 06/02/2002 14/02/2002 20/02/2002 27/02/2002 05/03/2002 14/03/2002 20/03/2002 17/04/2002 02/05/2002 20/05/2002 13/06/2002 13/06/2002 20/06/2002 29/06/2002 10/07/2002 1707/2002 25/07/2002 07/08/2002 15/08/2002 22/08/2002 28/08/2002 02/09/2002 04/09/2002 11/09/2002 18/09/2002 25/09/2002 02/10/2002 15/10/2002 30/10/2002 06/11/2002 13/11/2002 20/11/2002 27/11/2002 09/12/2002 18/12/2002 161784 163962 165017 165616 165115 167504 167700 169298 169546 174052 174199 174481 173948 173949 181256 181365 182273 183708 184797 186761 188478 187897 190583 194784 190912 191436 192260 193338 194783 195741 197537 197588 199794 198890 201725 203192 203913 6 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 2 2 4 3 3 2 4 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 3 3 3 2 4 4 Extra Total skips skips 2 6 4 3 3 3 2 5 2 2 3 3 4 2 2 4 4 3 2 4 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 3 3 3 2 4 4 Collected by BINS for 2003 DateReceipt No Normal Extra Total skips Skips Skips 09/01/2003 23/01/2003 06/02/2003 19/02/2003 26/02/2003 05/03/2003 12/03/2003 19/03/2003 26/03/2003 02/04/2003 10/04/2003 16/04/2003 23/04/2003 30/04/2003 05/05/2003 16/05/2003 21/05/2003 28/05/2003 05/06/2003 11/06/2003 18/06/2003 25/06/2003 02/07/2003 09/07/2003 16/07/2003 23/07/2003 30/07/2003 06/08/2003 13/08/2003 20/08/2003 27/08/2003 17/09/2003 24/09/2003 01/10/2003 08/10/2003 15/10/2003 22/10/2003 29/10/2003 05/11/2003 14/11/2003 20/11/2003 24/11/2003 04/12/2003 10/12/2003 18/12/2003 24/12/2003 31/12/2003 204249 206772 198441 209073 210306 212152 212919 212993 214407 214463 215132 216549 217259 218018 218323 218706 220701 221353 221132 222971 222496 223582 224586 225557 225499 227219 227150 229430 229502 230690 231758 233726 234757 236515 238103 237886 239198 238480 240431 242709 242443 241722 243684 245405 244994 246643 247359 4 3 5 2 4 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 1/2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 4 4 3 3 2 2 4 3 4 5 4 2 5 4 4 3 2 4 3 5 2 4 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2.5 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 4 4 3 3 2 2 4 3 4 5 4 2 5 4 4 3 2 135.5 0.5 7.5 1016.5M3) Total volume Density (0.25 ton/ M3) Estimate total tones Difference 2003/02 105 7.

This can be done if the policy is endorsed at the senior management level. etc. Objective 1. which states that relevant authorities at all levels should “promote procurement policies that encourage development and diffusion of environmentally sound goods and services”. Integrating sustainability principles in various stages of the procurement cycle.e. international equity in the distribution of resources.1. the entire lifecycle of products. 2.8 and 9 of the UN Global Compact.2. It is UNON’s responsibility to ensure that negative impacts on the environment are kept as low as possible. and mechanisms are put in place to ensure that it is mainstreamed as part of the corporate procurement process. Sustainable Procurement as adopted by the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is based on: 1.1.UNON . human rights.” keeping in mind that UNON is the sole provider of good and services to UNEP. These issues are addressed separately through UNON’s “Fair Pack” policy.1.1.3. 3. etc. Background Sustainable procurement is the process by which organisations purchase supplies or services taking into account: • • • • best value for money considerations including price. 3. 3. Strategy UNON will adopt a risk-based strategy in which actions in the procurement process will be prioritised by: 3. focusing on the most energy-consuming equipment. Risk to the organizations reputation. and encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. Identifying the products and suppliers associated with the highest risks to UNON. environmental aspects ("green procurement": the effects on the environment that the product and/or service has over its whole lifecycle.SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT POLICY UNON . asking businesses (suppliers) to support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.2. social aspects: effects on issues such as poverty eradication. Environmental risk. 3.1.2.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Annex 3 . functionality.3.. Risk to security of supply.SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT POLICY 1. availability. 3. focusing on important suppliers with poor environmental performance. by 25 . Paragraph 18c of the Plan of Implementation agreed to at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002. from cradle to the grave). UNON’s sustainable procurement policy is intended to act as a driver for reducing the environmental and social impacts of all procurement decisions and maximising the positive effects. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility. focusing on contractors who dispose of the organization’s waste illegally. labour conditions. Decision 18/10 of UNEP Governing Council that “calls on the Executive Director to consider and recommend strategies for the promotion of best practices in environmental housekeeping for use by the United Nations Environment Programme at its headquarters and in its regional offices…. UNON is a major purchaser of goods and services and can therefore have a significant effect on the local environment. and products containing hazardous materials.1. Principles 7. quality. i. 1.

1. 4. Natural Environments Management of the land of the UN Complex at Gigiri in an environmentally responsible and sensitive manner. Resource Conservation Management of procurement processes in a reasonable and practicable manner consistent with environmental responsibilities.3.1. which involves adoption of responsible measures for the disposal of solid and liquid wastes. 3.2.3. works and services.2.3.2. Incorporating environmental and social considerations in contract management with sustainability in mind. Maintenance of air quality in the environs of the UN Complex which involves minimizing discharges to air of contaminants and protecting people from airborne contaminants. 4. 3.6. Promoting. Developed Environment Maintenance and enhancement of the natural character of the UN Complex at Gigiri.4 4.1.1. which includes the aesthetic qualities of the environment and its amenity value.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 3. Taking into consideration environmental and social impacts in designs and functionality. 4.3.2. explaining the sustainable procurement policy and its goals to the wide audience of the beneficiary (all the staff supplied by UNON) to ensure their understanding and participation. Requiring suppliers to comply with the procurement guidelines. Choosing when possible environmentally sound means of satisfying the organization’s needs for goods. advertising. 4.2. Training staff dealing with procurement for effective implementation of the sustainable procurement policy.3 3.1.2. which includes encouraging alternative methodologies or sources to minimize materials used and waste production. and emphasizing good purchasing practices and compliance with consent procedures. 3. Management of water resources in an environmentally responsible manner encompassing the principles of sustainability and resource conservation which involves using water supplies to buildings and facilities with minimal wastage and maintaining the quality of water resources. 3. 4. 4. Using environmental and social criteria in tender evaluation (contract award criteria must be determined at an early stage and communicated to potential suppliers). Encouraging suppliers to comply with global environmental standards (such as ISO) and contributing to raising their (suppliers’) environmental consciousness and understanding of “green principles” trough the organization of training seminars and workshops so as to guarantee en effective implementation of the contract clause related to an environmental and social responsibility. performance and technical specifications as well as entire lifecycle costing. 26 . Selecting suppliers against pre-established criteria for compliance with global environmental standards.4. and responsible land use practices to minimize soil erosion and to protect amenity interests.5. 3. 3.2. Specific Areas of Action 4. 4.

for water heating. Use all heat recovery technologies with minimum energy savings of 20% from the current levels. Measures: To achieve the objectives named in point 4 above. fountain operations. lighting. and that neither energy nor water is wasted. Install efficient drives and controls. Use viable renewable energy technologies to reduce environmental impact – such as the use of solar cells.7. to further reduce storm water run-off. etc. Pervious paving and garden roofs. using variable voltage. Energy procurement – buy percentage (target 30% by 2006) of electricity that is generated from Green Power Sources.1. air-conditioning. Install and monitor energy and water use monitoring and controls program to ensure that mechanical ventilation. 5. minimizing the environmental effects of energy utilization activities and enhancing the use of renewable energy sources and improved energy utilization technologies.2.1.6. Reduce demand for potable water and generation of wastewater by decreased consumption and use of low water flow plumbing fixtures and appliances. Limit or eliminate use of potable water for irrigation. which involves promoting and implementing practices to minimize waste and minimizing or mitigating adverse effects from waste discharges.2. Management of utilization processes in an effective and efficient manner. Contain storm water and steam condensation in above or under-ground pond.2. Install water efficient models when replacing any water fixtures on the complex. Waste Construction waste management – maximize recycling and salvaging efforts during demolition and construction and avoid sending construction debris to landfills.2.8. for use for garden irrigation. 5. exterior lighting.3. Making progress towards effective energy management. MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 4. 5. 5. Employ systems for natural cooling and ventilation.2. fuel cells etc. 4. 5. 5. 5.3. 5.3. 5. 5. is used only for occupied spaces. Employ daylight dimming and occupancy sensors to control lighting loads. Install variable frequency drives and power factor correction devices.5. which involves promoting energy efficiency measures within buildings and facilities.1.6. etc.1. Water Limit storm water run-off. 5. 5. 5. 5.4. the following activities will be undertaken: 5. such as solar cells. Energy UNON shall use building systems equipment and controls with the highest energy efficiency.3. variable frequency drives and anticipatory controls.1.1. standby generators. 5.2.1. etc.2.4. 5. 27 . 5. 5.

5.3. 5.2.) from the UN Gigiri compound is done in accordance with UN environmental and social standards. Convert from fossil fuels to other alternatives in the existing vehicle fleet. Implement a comprehensive waste management system. 5. 5.3. contains a full list. Natural and organic fertilisers and pesticides should be used in preference to chemical alternatives.1.3. air conditioning and fire safety equipment. 1 The UN publication. reuse and recycle waste.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 5. Prior to beginning new building projects. 5. Ensure that the elimination of waste (to landfill. 5. CO2 emission levels are taken into consideration in the purchase of vehicles. Building construction or renovation makes use of environmentally friendly materials and disposal procedures.3. Offer furniture for sale or donation prior to disposal.7. 5. Where a chemical is required to address a persistent problem. Promote activities that will make UNON accountable for its corporate impact on climate change (such as the use of mileage points from official travel to support sustainable forest management).6. an environmental impact assessment is completed and potential impacts are minimized through appropriate selection of materials and design elements.4. 5.4. Buildings Response time for building maintenance and repairs is monitored and minimized. 5. from production until elimination from the UN Gigiri compound. detergents and other cleaning materials to be used should be of an environmentally friendly. 5.6. Chemicals. Neglected maintenance tasks generally increase energy use and potential harm to the environment. 28 . Transportation 5. 5. 5. etc. including sound management to reduce. Withdrawn. then low toxicity products should be selected.6. Severely Restricted or Not Approved by Governments. Hazardous Materials All fertilisers and pesticides used should be non-toxic.5. environmentally friendly and where possible. organic.2. Climate Change Eliminate the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants in building mechanical ventilation.4. 5. 5.3.1. 5.4. Encourage activities aimed at reducing official travel (such as the use of video conferencing). Buildings are constructed incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. 5. non-toxic nature.4. recycling paper plant. 5.6.5. Awareness raising activities vis-à-vis office waste promoting “sort at source” practices to facilitate recycling. Consolidated List of Products Whose Consumption and/or Sale Have Been Banned.3. Minimise waste production within the compound. No additional products that are known to be harmful to the environment shall be used1. 6.7. Promote bicycle use by (a) improving cyclist facilities (provision of bicycle storage areas or locks. Runda. Muthaiga. Timber Products made from camphor. 2 In compliance with the 1986 Presidential Ban on the exploitation of indigenous forests and legal notice 171. elgon teak.8. 5.8. Untreated wood is preferable as it is recyclable. Promote public transport use by staff and adopt measures that will facilitate public transportation (such as road improvements. 5. 29 .8. enabling professional staff to use UN public transport). 5. wild olive. east African rosewood will not be considered2. 5. meru oak. as well as a change room with showers and lockers) and (b) improving infrastructure for bicycles with a long-term plan to construct bicycle paths to nearby residential areas (such as Gigiri. cedar. Review: This policy will be review in five-year intervals to ensure incorporation of the latest global changes in the approach to sustainable procurement.8.3.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 5.2. All wood should be certified as coming from plantation forests. Spring Valley and Westlands).7. podo.

windmills. VOC and EMF emission materials and environmentally friendly chemicals so as to ensure health and comfort of the installer and occupant. for water heating. Improved indoor air quality and working environment by properly designed HVAC. plumbing fixtures and appliances. Additional sustainable innovations Use viable renewable energy technologies to reduce environmental impact – such as the use of solar cells. Install variable frequency drives and power factor correction devices. Contain storm water and steam condense in above or under-ground pond. fuel cells etc. Energy Install and monitor energy and water use monitoring and controls program to ensure that HVAC. for use for garden irrigation. and that no energy is wasted. fountain operations etc. 30 . Employ desiccant dehumidification in selected areas. Low odor. Other Premium greening specification and greenlabeled products and equipment procurement. is used only for occupied spaces. Water Reduce the potable water demand and generation of wastewater by use of low water consumption. Construction waste management – maximize recycling and salvaging efforts during demolition and construction and avoid sending construction debris to landfills.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Theme Base sustainability Use building systems equipment and controls with the highest energy efficiency. Limit storm water run-off. In addition. variable frequency drives and anticipatory controls. Use all heat recovery technologies with minimum energy savings of 20% from the current levels. Waste Enhance windows glazing and replacement to insulated double wall curtain wall. Minimize or eliminate the use of ozonedepleting refrigerants in building HVAC and fire safety equipment. such as solar cells. Install efficient elevators/escalators drives and controls. use as much of rapidly renewable materials as possible. Provide safe exterior lighting avoiding any light pollution – no direct beam lighting leaves the building site. lighting etc. Energy procurement – buy parts of electricity that is generated from Green Power Sources. using variable voltage. Employ systems for natural cooling and ventilation Employ daylight dimming and occupancy sensors for to control lighting loads. Employ pervious paving and garden roofs. to further reduce storm water run-off. exterior lighting. limit or eliminate use of potable water for irrigation. Construction materials. Measures for maintaining proper indoor air quality and comfort during construction.maximizes use of materials with recycled content. lighting and interior finishes. geo-thermal or hydro electrical plants etc.

products that are harmful to the environment shall not be used in the provision of services or supply of goods. the provisions stated below: In general. as part of the overall UNON effort towards sustainable procurement. those products relating to pharmaceuticals and chemicals containing substances that are on the “Consolidated List of Products Whose Consumption and/or Sale Have Been Banned. products made from any indigenous woods will not be considered. integrity and transparency. Severely Restricted or not Approved by Governments”. All wood used should be from plantation forests. use and disposal. Other important factors considered in sustainable procurement are: Environmental aspects ("green procurement": the effects on the environment that the product and/or service has over its whole lifecycle. More specific guidelines on the supply of goods and provision of services are indicated below. recyclable) will be considered above all. it is also recyclable. labor conditions and human rights) is described separately in the “Fair Pack“. Elgon Teak (Olea capensis). Withdrawn. and the interest of the UN. functionality. Untreated wood is preferred because while beautiful. Equipment that contains ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) that are controlled by the Montreal Protocol (eg. during production. It is UNON’s policy to purchase products and services by taking into account four main procurement principles: the best value for money (price. yearly updated and edited by the United Nations. Wild Olive (Olea europaea). The “UNON supplier sustainable procurement guidelines” is part of a UNON global effort called the “UNON – sustainable procurement policy” that is intended to act as a driver for reducing the environmental and social impact of all procurement decisions and maximizing the positive effects. Grevillea (Grevillea robusta) and Neem (Azadirachta indica). UNON expects its suppliers to work actively to improve the environment and pursue any initiatives that bring about that improvement.e.).WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group 6. In particular. Paper and Paper Products: 31 . fairness. UNON supplier sustainable procurement guidelines The sustainable procurement guidelines form part of the contractual conditions in all contracts signed between the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) and companies providing such goods and services. from cradle (production) to grave (elimination)). such as Pine (Pinus radiata. (A) Supply of Goods Furniture and wood products: Durable furniture with minimal impact on the environment (i. The entire lifecycle of products. Energy sources that have minimal impact on global warming / greenhouse gases must be used. quality. Methyl Bromide. the contractors will be required to submit evidence of compliance with the “UNON supplier sustainable procurement guidelines” General Guidelines for Suppliers The environmental aspects or “green procurement” and the lifecycle of product aspect or “sustainable principle” covers all. Pinus patula) and Cypress (Cupressus lusitanica) and from on-farm forestry. equity in the distribution of resources. Meru Oak (Vitex Keniensis). salinga and others). Purchase of new furniture will be considered only as older material becomes obsolete. E. ozone-depleting gases and on ecological balance. CFC gases and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)) will not be considered at all. but is not limited to. etc. Before any contract is awarded. effective competition. such as Blue Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis. availability. Camphor (Ocotea usambarensis). Podo (Podocarpus latifolius) and East African Rosewood (Hagenia abyssinica). easy to reuse. in particular: Mahogany. Cedar (Juniperus procera). In compliance with the 1986 Presidential Ban on the Exploitation of Indigenous Forests in Kenya. The social aspect (issues such as poverty eradication. Materials should be easily recyclable using locally available facilities and have minimum impact on the release of greenhouse gases. shall not be considered at all.

recycled. tuned / maintained. such as the International Association of Paper Merchants. Equipment: Durable equipment that has minimal impact on the environment (i. Provision of Staff Goods and Services Lifecycle costs should be minimized through resource management. temperature and humidity without major energy loss. recharged or reused will be given priority. energy efficient printers with double-sided printing facilities) and equipment that can be refilled. Chemicals. Equipment that has too long of a lifecycle (plastic bags. chlorine. Natural and organic fertilizers and pesticides should be used in preference to chemical alternatives. or those containing PVC. Land preservation. heavy metal and ODSs) will not be purchased. Containers containing chemicals must be clearly labeled. a low toxicity product should be selected. environmentally friendly and where possible. etc. while not detracting from a comfortable and safe work environment. construction and operation. green batteries. Asbestos must not be used and guidelines for the removal of asbestos should be followed. waste management. (the term recycled paper means that the paper products contains at least 75% recycled paper in the product). Provision of Services Contractors engaged by UNON to provide services should ensure that harmful substances are not used. coffee) and food should be registered fair trade products (eg. detergents and other cleaning materials: The contractor must provide a list of such chemicals to UNON specifying their chemical composition. Max Havelaar. water conservation and energy efficiency should be considered at all times. If a toxic chemical is still required to address a persistent problem. Increased equipment and systems efficiency: efficient lighting. organic. equipment and systems designs that are properly monitored. The creation of healthy environments by improving the indoor air. 32 .WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Paper products. Fertilizers and Pesticides: All fertilizers and pesticides used should be non-toxic.e. Fair trade products: Drinks (tea. design. which must be of non-toxic nature and environmentally friendly. Fairtrade) produced in an environmentally friendly manufacturing process. textiles should be free of hazardous fire preventive chemicals. Fixtures and appliances must be designed with low-water use operation. and should take into account the following: Resource consumption (energy. Other: Carpets should be manufactured from natural fibers. Emphasis on reduction of waste at source in facility planning. water and materials) should be minimized. and must be approved by recognized Environmental Standards bodies. light. Organic and locally or regionally sourced products should be given priority. noise. Paper products must be chlorine free.

go to “File”. use the one that can print on both sides. To do this we suggest that all staff implement the following measures. • Find out if you can install an online printer that has the option of printing on both sides. (2) reuse and (3) recycle. which could otherwise be recycled in rendered un-recyclable when mixed with and contaminated by organic waste. In both cases requests the our provider of stationary in your organization to buy recycled paper only (it can be ordered easily) • Separating waste paper from other waste in your office rubbish bin. Important tips for printing: • See if your printer can print on both sides (many copy machine printers do). In Microsoft Word. • If you have several printers to choose from. • Try to print two pages side-by-side on one A4 if you are able to read smaller print. This paper is recycled after it leaves your office. based on three core principles. then “Print” and then “Properties” to select different printing options. (1) Reduce usage of paper by: • Sending documents electronically (email and CTS) rather than in hard copy • Not printing out documents unnecessarily if you can read them clearly on the computer screen (2) Reuse paper by: • Using only scrap or previously used paper for your handwritten notes and sketches • Using both side of the paper! Reuse paper by re-printing on the unused side or by using it as your draft paper (3) Recycle by: • Using white paper for external correspondence only and using gray paper for internal communication. known as the “3 R’s”: (1) reduce. We would like to encourage you to consider an environmentally friendly approach to the use of paper.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Annex 4 – Waste paper public awareness handout Dear staff member. • Being aware that much of the good quality waste paper. Facts about the consumption of A4 paper on the UN compound: • Did you know that it is almost exclusively white paper (raw material from Brazilian tree plantation) that is consumed on the UN compound (less than 1% brown recycled paper is used)? • Did you know that approximately 85% of A4 paper found in the garbage bins is printed on one side only? • Did you know that we consume 800 kg of paper each day at the compound? 33 .

DTIE Production and Consumption Branch Contractors Professional Clean Care Rentokil Diani Flowers Inter-Continental Multiple Wastepaper Collectors Pegant Chandaria BINS Parapet Cleaning Services Name William Kaveke Henry Hunt Josie Villamin Barnaby Jones Jack Howard Paul Akiwumi Graham Alabaster Dr. Box 39493.WASTE MANAGEMENT Report –Step By Step (SBS) Group Annex 5 . Chris Gakahu. Rep Denis Ruysschaert Matthew Woods Isabella Marras Bass Deleuw Name Peter Kiintu Urs Ringler Mrs Wariithi Parrin K. Travel and Shipping Section UNON. Off State House Avenue Tel: +254 020 2713540 / 2715299 / 2719313 / 2719413 Fax: +254 020 710083 Email: david. DPDL/DEPI Ste-by-Step waste management UNEP. Kenya AAYMCA Building.or.kuria@itdg. Documentation Unit UNON. Facilities Management and Transport Section UNON. Shah (director) Arvind Sharma (mill manager) Michael Njeru Malline Ndambiri G-204 R-205 M-134 Q-332 T-328 T-219 Room X-basement DP-51 W-243 Tel 20-62-3539 20-62-2518 20-62-3584 20-62-3901 20-62-1075 20-62-3177 20-62-3054 20-62-4458 20-62-3594 20-62-4629 +33 1 44 37 14 39 Room Gardeners Shed Tel 20-62-2570 552300 20-62-2640 512219 or 0733 668553 540471 802252 533088 20-62-2503 20-62-2570 Other stakeholders Green Belt Movement Intermediate Technology Development Group . 00623 Nairobi. Water and Environmental Sanitation Unit Address gbm@wananchi.Waste management contact list Institution UNON. Chief of the Office of the Director General UN-Habitat Human Settlement Officer Infrastructure UNDP Sanitation Programme (Sustainability/ Energy and Environment Unit) UNEP.com Tel: 20 57 3057/1523 P.ke 34 . Along State House Crescent. Procurement.Eastern Africa Name David Kuria Programme Manager. Ass Res.O. Building and Grounds Management Unit UNON. Store UNON.

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